It’s been seven years since the Academy of Health Sciences opened as a partnership between Prince George’s Community College and Prince George’s County Public Schools, providing students the opportunity to receive both a high school diploma and an associate degree.
Though the school started with a focus on pathways into health sciences careers, the Teacher Preparation Academy was added last year as a pathway to earn an Associate of Arts in Teaching.
“The Academy of Health Sciences continues to exceed expectations and reaffirm its value to the students and families in Prince George’s County,” said PGCC President Charlene M. Dukes. “We implemented a program that creates pathways to a college degree for our most vulnerable students and this report is proof that it’s working.”
The report, which was released Dec. 4, depicts the state of Maryland schools and school systems, and is the most comprehensive report in state history.
The report card discloses each school’s ability to meet the requirements for the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” using key performance indicators to score and tally the results for each school. The Academy of Health Sciences is the only high school in Prince George’s County to achieve a five-star rating.
“I am proud of the Academy of Health Sciences and the continuing high achievement of its students and teachers,” said PGCPS interim CEO Monica Goldson. “Every student deserves a five-star school and we will learn from our top performers to help every school get there.”
AHS Principal Kathy Richard Andrews said the school’s success to “the culmination of years of an incredible partnership.”
“It reflects the dedication and hard work of our superb faculty and staff, and most importantly, the commitment of our amazing students and their families to academic excellence,” Andrews said.